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Dive Review of Sinai Divers/Amwaj Resort in
Red Sea/Sharm el Sheik

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Paul H Causey, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5561
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Yap, Phillipines, Indonesia, Fiji, Belize, Bonaire, Aruba, Canada,
California, Cabo, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute time limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No camera buckets on boats had to use the shower sprayer to rinse the
camera after each dive, lots of small fish but very limited fish larger
than 6 inches - a disappointment.  Nothing exceptional to cater to the
photographer.  I took about half of the pictures that I usually take on a
week long dive trip - lots and lots of the same stuff from dive to dive. 
Boat guys did hand cameras to you in the water if you asked them to but
basically as a photgrapher you were very much on your own in this area.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
To begin with we had to take several van rides and transfers to get to the
dive locations - as one diver said "there is way too much overhead per
dive here" and I agree - we were shuttled through two separate dive
shops to get to the boat harbor with lots of lost time until our
coordinator was able to negotiate a direct transfer to and from our hotel. 
The dive operation required a "check-out" dive to start the week
and we were required to carry all equipment about a quarter mile in the hot
mid day sun and then we were required to walk out on a very rickety jetty
of plastic squares tied together fully geared up in 100 degree weather for
a nice easy dive that was completely unnecessary other than to check
weights - no exceptions to this rule by the shop - even though we had been
diving in Palau just 2 months earlier and the group had lots oif dive
experience - no exceptions.  At the end of this joke dive we received very
conflicting directions regarding our equipment - first we were told to
leave it all at the entry point on the jetty and it would be brought across
the jetty to us and then while we waited on shore for the gear we were told
we had to go back out and get the gear as we weren'ty supposed to leave it
on the jetty - after a short negotiation and much complaining the shop did
go and get the gear and return it to us.  Not many happy divers after this
exercise in futility.

After this all diving was on a very comfortable large boat and crew help
only if requested otherwise you were on your own to get in and out of the
water.  No on board water or snacks unless you paid in advance for cold
water.  If you brought your own it had to sit out and was very warm within
minutes of arrival on the boat and stayed that way all day - should have
invested in our own styrofoam cooler for our water.  No camera facilities
for photographers and lots of slow steaming to the distant dive sites. 
Sharm requires that all boats leave within an hour in the morning and they
are not allowed to return to the harbor until late in the day - makes for a
long day on the water unless the group decides to do three dives per day
and therefore no boat is in any hurry to get anywhere except when it means
they might miss thier afternoon mooring and then we cut dives short to be
sure and make the time.  Boat personnel were friendly and helpful after
being asked but the divemasters did not do much in the way of locating and
showing anything during the dives.  It felt very much like they were down
there to get the group into the water, along the reef and back to the boat

Safety - wow what a boating zoo and a divers nightmare - crazy speed boats,
jet skis, snorkelers, military craft, dive boats and large water craft all
competeing for surface space and with little regard for divers under the
water - sometime the noise was deafening and clearly surfacing was risky at
best - fortunately no accidents but clearly one needs to stay very close to
your group or run the risk of a clammity on the surface.  Always lots of
dive boats aroound and you needed a special surface signal so your boat
knew who you were and where you were - interesting challenge for most

The dives were average with lots and lots of little fish but nothing really
unusual or much out of the ordinary from most other areas of the world we
have visited.  The books claim lost of small nudibranks, etc but our
entirte group of seven divers only saw three total during the 13 dives.  We
did see one whale shark in the distance and were attached by a couple of
mating Titan Trigger fish but other than that the dives passed generally
the same each and every day. Coral was nice with much color but there also
was lots of sand on most walls and some very gray reefs which limited the
viz on some of our dives. Not sure why the Red Sea is considered such a
great place to dive - not even close to tops on our list of dive locations
around the world I am sad to say.

Divemasters gave great briefings but then the dives generally did not live
up to the expectations discussed in the briefings. Under water divemaster
simply led the dive and told us when and where to surface not much was
identified underwater by these guides.  The weather was very hot and the
wind when returning from Ras Mohammed was brutal in the high heat.  Over
all I would say this was an average okay dive experience but not impressive
enough to get me back to Sharm again to dive.  Been there, seen it and lots
of other exciting places to go to or to return to in the world before the
Red Sea.
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